— Katie Joy | 26 Dec 2018
Spending time at Rothera before we transfer out to the field has been great and given me a chance to see some of the local wildlife, see some spectacular scenery, and meet the great people to work hard to keep the station and field operations on the go. The next few blogs will hopefully give you some insights to what life is life at the research station. See Research Station Life post 1 for some background to the wildlife around the base and Research Station Life post 2 for information about jobs around the base.
This blog is owed to the machines of Rothera. Forgive the slight diversion from meteorites and BAS station life, but this blog is in honour of my young nephew Isaac who I think would have got a kick out of being here not through seeing the penguins but because of the amazing machines that I see driving around base every day. So this one is for you Isaac, and hopefully the rest of you will find it as interesting to see the human influence side of a research station operation!
Although we are surrounding by pristine mountains and stunning nature, to keep people thriving and living comfortable takes a lot of hard work and running a station like Rothera involves a lot of infrastructure and also moving a lot of stuff around to get equipment, field gear and cargo to be in the right place at the right time. Also, with the ongoing new wharf construction project there are some seriously beast of machines around on site to help prepare new ground for storage and lay the ground for the future work. Here is a run down of some of the vehicles I have seen so far, and apologies if I have got any of their names wrong I clearly need to read my nephews mega-machine picture book more closely…
Towards the end of this week a new ship arrives with even more machines for the wharf project including some serious cranes, so am looking forward to when I get back to Rothera in early February to see even more mega machines.